Good grief! Never played WoW?

What rock are you under? The question is actually, “What rock am I under?” That’s right, I have never played WoW even though I’ve been involved with various MMORPG’s since the beginning of Ultima Online. (For those who somehow still don’t know, WoW is World of Warcraft and is probably the most populous, if not popular, MMORPG in the Western online gaming world.)

It’s not that I didn’t want to play WoW. When I first heard about it, it sounded pretty neat and seemed to have appeal for more casual players who didn’t want to spend 20 hours every day raiding, camping rare spawns, or waiting forever for groups. I more or less kept up with it as it was approaching beta and release.

But after all of that attention, why didn’t I end up playing it?

Well, Everquest 2 came out. EQ2 had prettier character models and also had player housing (a HUGE draw for me.) EQ2 was proposing a more interactive crafting system. EQ2 was based off all the lore that I enjoyed from EQ1, but without all of the aggravating time-sinks and forced grouping of EQ1. I also had friends who were planning to play and we were all very excited about it and starting off together in a new world.

I knew I wouldn’t really have time or money to devote to two subscription-based games, so WoW just didn’t happen at that time. Since I’m still playing and highly enjoying EQ2, WoW still hasn’t happened. There’s hope though. It took me five years to start playing Guild Wars, so there’s still plenty of time…maybe when WoW gets player housing and/or goes F2P.

So many games, so little time!

6 Responses to Good grief! Never played WoW?
  1. Gwendolyn
    October 14, 2010 | 8:17 am

    I played WoW during my first break from EQ2 with wolfie and a roleplayer from EQ2 called Halik, who was pretty darn funny.

    We had fun and Dylan would play with us too. Wolfie and I have left WoW and returned to WoW here and there, he enjoyed the battlegrounds and I had fun soloing with my Hunter. She has a sweet black lion pet 😛

    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      October 14, 2010 | 9:28 pm

      That pet sounds really cute. I’d probably play a Hunter in WoW for that reason alone. I ended up playing the free part of Anarchy Online for part of one of my EQ2 breaks. Maybe I’ll install it again at some point and diddle around some.

  2. GravitysAngel
    October 14, 2010 | 3:15 pm

    I held off on the WoW temptation until fairly recently, like within the last 4 months. I downloaded the free trial, and played it for a couple of weeks. I couldn’t get into it, and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that a newcomer has a difficult time finding a community to fit into. At least I had that problem. Some parts of the game were really nice, but the community in the end just didn’t do it for me. So I went back to EQ2.

    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      October 14, 2010 | 9:33 pm

      I hear people complaining on the EQ2 forums from time to time about how bad the community is in WoW. Maybe it’s due to the extremely large population or because it’s more mainstream. Does the gameplay encourage community? EQ2 gameplay is so varied that it seems like there is some sort of community for everyone of every playstyle.

  3. Hunter
    October 22, 2010 | 11:10 pm

    my best friend got me into gw, my first mmo, and crapped all over WoW, ever since i’ve felt no motivation to even try it out, though it sounds like a great game.

    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      October 23, 2010 | 9:38 am

      It seems a number of people get really loyal to their current game and trash other games that aren’t it, especially WoW. Some will dislike WoW even though they’ve never set foot in it. Best to just try it if you think it might be fun, and then decide on your own if it’s good.

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